1916: While the Great War rages through Europe, in the small coastal village of Trunrowan, Cornwall, life for Loveday Nance could not be more different. With her husband Will away fighting, the reality of having a longed-for child of her own seems to be slipping away with each day that passes.
Present-day: Kitty and Ben Gridley decide to leave their busy lives in Bristol hoping for a quieter way of life in the pretty village of Trunrowan, Cornwall. Little do they realise the impact that moving into Creek Cottage will have on them. When Kitty begins to experience strange things happening at the cottage, she is certain there is a secret harboured within its stone walls.
‘The Secret of Creek Cottage’ is a tale that follows the lives of two families, almost a century apart.
[There was no doubt that the length of rope had achieved its purpose]
(@SilverWoodBooks, 10 July 2020, 252 pages, ebook, #ARC from the author and voluntarily reviewed, #BlogTour 9 July via @RandomTTours)
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I’d never heard of the author before but decided to take part in the tour because I loved the cover and the blurb sounded like the kind of book I could get lost in. I’m so glad I read this book because I really enjoyed it. I look forward to seeing what the author comes up with next. The Secret of Creek Cottage offers one of my favourite premises, a time slip novel that effortlessly moves back and forth between the present and 1916, gradually showing how a tragedy from the past affects the present when a pregnant woman and her husband move into an old cottage to start a new, quieter life. There are supernatural elements in the book in the present as pregnant Kitty experiences strange occurrences, but these are very subtly written, not OTT. It’s never completely clear if something supernatural is going on or if Kitty is extra sensitive because she’s pregnant. This works really well. My only grievance is that the book is very short. I could have spent a lot more time in the world the author created.